Congratulations to the winners! In a classic Victor move, I somehow managed to not play the top 3 games. (In fact, I managed to not play six of the seven highest ranking games, even though I played half the games. I did manage to play the bottom 3 games.)
(I’m disappointed about the average score of one game that deserved much better, but I’ll bitch about that on my blog. This thread is for celebration!)
Thanks to everyone who participated! I think this was a rather good year for IF, with few really terrible games entered in the competition. (Of course, the large amount of Web-based games may have something to do with this; they don’t suffer from parser problems.) And the top-scoring games were excellent (though I think Robin & Orchid deserved first place [emote]:)[/emote]).
I’d like to encourage everyone who played at least one game in the competition to submit their rating(s) to the Interactive Fiction Database (IFDB), even if you didn’t vote in the actual competition. Submitting ratings only takes a few minutes, even if you have played all the games, and makes the IFDB a much more useful resource for finding games (currently, some of the IFComp 2013 games only have two ratings at the IFDB). The IFComp 2013 page at the IFDB is at ifdb.tads.org/viewcomp?id=g4gogbp7lx683yfe
I only felt strongly enough about two games I played to write a review for them. It’s curious to have of one them win the comp. It does tell me “No, you’re not imagining things, the game really was that good”.
And then the other game I liked a lot got a very lukewarm reception. [emote]:)[/emote] Hurray for diversity.
Belatedly, I wouldn’t worry too much about this. IF Comp entries are the most heavily-rated games in IFDB; if it doesn’t look like that initially, it’s because most people hold off from rating games in such an easily-visible way until after the results are out. Which is fine - but what would really make IFDB more valuable is more people producing ratings and reviews for games that weren’t entered in the Comp.